Key Approaches, The Behaviourist Approach

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Key Approaches, The Behaviourist Approach
1 Stimulus and Response
1.1 Stimulus
1.1.1 A change in the environment
1.2 Response
1.2.1 How you act depending on the change
2 Assumptions
2.1 Behaviour is learned from the environment
2.2 Behaviour is determined by reinforcement or punishment of past learning experiences
2.3 Observable behaviour should be studied
2.4 Psychology should investigate the laws of learning
3 Classical Conditioning
3.1 Learning a response due to the association of a neutral stimulus with an unconditioned reflex response
3.2 Watson and Raynor
3.2.1 Little Albert Wanted to see if fear can be conditioned, Albert was 11 months old when study took place. Presented Albert with rat, whenever he reached for rat a loud noise was made, eventually when only shown rat he showed fear. Fear can be conditioned Ethical issues Fear didn't stop Transferred to other objects too, especially white substances Was a case study so results cannot be generalised
4 Operant Conditioning
4.1 Focus is on the consequence of a given response, actions have a consequence, consequence determines if action will be repeated in the future
4.2 Positive reinforcement
4.2.1 Increases likelyhood of a desired behaviour. Provides feeling of satisfaction
4.3 Negative Reinforcement
4.3.1 Involves removement of bad experience to increase likelyhood of desired response
5 Strengths and Limitations
5.1 Strengths
5.1.1 Has provided a number of practical applications and techniques to shape behaviour
5.1.2 Use of rigorous experimental methods of research enhances the credibility of psychology as a scientific discipline
5.2 Limitations
5.2.1 Criticised on denial of free will
5.2.2 Principles of operant and classical conditioning do not account for spontaneous behaviour in humans
5.2.3 Ignores mental processes that are involved in learning unlike the cognitive approach
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